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Bangladesh’s 18 years on the Corruption Perceptions Index

The country’s position has slipped six steps in the index for 2018, according to Transparency International

Update : 29 Jan 2019, 06:10 PM

Bangladesh had once occupied the top spot for corruption in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for five consecutive years, from 2001 to 2005, but it managed to come down to the 17th position in 2017.

However, the improvement did not last long as the country has slipped once more in the CPI for most corrupt nations, occupying the 13th position among 180 countries. 

Bangladesh’s position slipped six steps in the index for 2018 — going to 149 from 2017’s 143, according to the latest rankings released by Berlin-based Transparency International (TI).

The latest report and the rankings were unveiled by Transparency International Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. TI published the report after conducting surveys in 180 countries.

The CPI scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, which means 100 is very clean and 0 is most corrupt.

Bangladesh’s score in the latest CPI report is 26, down from 28 in the previous report.

Afghanistan became the most corrupt nation in South Asia — right before Bangladesh —  scoring 16, while Bhutan was the least corrupt with 68.

Bangladesh is tied with the Central African Republic and Uganda with CPI score of 26.

According to TI, from 2001 to 2011, the scores were measured on a scale of 0 to 10. Bangladesh was on the top spot from 2001 through 2005 with scores of 0.4, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 and 1.7 respectively.

In 2006, Bangladesh scored 2 points taking the third position in the CPI, in 2007, the country took the seventh position with the same score, the 10th position (2.1) in 2008, 13th (2.4) in 2009, 12th (2.4) in 2010, and again 13th (2.7) in 2011.

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From 2012 onwards, TI started using a new scoring system with a scale of 0 to 100.

On the new scale, Bangladesh in 2012 occupied the 13th position with a score of 26; 16th in 2013 with a score of 27; 14th in 2014 with a score of 25; 13th in 2015 with a score of 25; and 15th in 2016 with a score of 26.

Somalia has topped the latest CPI with a score of 10, followed by Syria and Sudan — both of which scored 13.

Yemen and North Korea are in the third position with 14 points.

Meanwhile, according to the CPI, Denmark is the least corrupt country, with 88 points.

New Zealand stands second with a score of 87, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland in the third position with 85 points.

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